Elizabeth Cowper (1952 - ) is a professor of linguistics at the University of Toronto. She specializes in tense and aspect in English and Spanish. She has proposed the tense and aspect features are arranged in a hierarchical feature geometry, a proposal which has since spawned much research in tense and aspect in the world's languages. She is the author of A Concise Introduction to Syntactic Theory: The Government-Binding Approach (University of Chicago Press), which has been translated into Korean. She has also made the controversial claim that plural number is more marked than dual number, in other words that plural is somehow more complex than dual. She is currently the Vice-Dean (Programs) at the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto.
A Note on Number. (2005) Linguistic Inquiry 36: 441-455.
The Geometry of Interpretable Features: Infl in English and Spanish (2005) Language 81: 10-46.
- Elizabeth Cowper Personal site, with link to CV.
-  A Concise Introduction to Syntactic Theory - UCP website
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